After the death of his brother in the 1966 Monaco grand prix, Nicolas Hamilton thought the family would never see Formula One again. Today the 32-year-old has become a perennial F1 contender and his agent, Eddie Jordan, thinks Lewis could surpass the achievements of his father, Ayrton.
“If Lewis were to go out and do a normal job at the end of his career, it’d be one of the most remarkable resumes ever, for my money,” Jordan said. “He’s the best guy I’ve ever come across. And yes, I feel he could shatter more records.”
Hamilton built up a claim to be the world’s best driver by his 30th birthday, scoring his 100th and 200th career points and clinching his first Formula One world championship with McLaren in 2008. He would go on to win another title in 2013 but achieved it with Mercedes.
Following his first retirement aged 28, he is widely regarded as the current F1 great in the making. He is the second best ranked driver on the grid, behind Vettel but only one point behind Vettel.
“Lewis’s got something in his armoury that’s phenomenal, quite unparalleled really,” said Jordan. “I don’t think there’s a driver who has achieved more over the last 20 years than him. That’s the only blip in his eye.”
He added: “He’s full of experience and he’s still hungry. As soon as you bump in to him he makes you feel so welcome and warm. He’s a fantastic boy; he gives everyone a good try and he’s that professional driver that over and over again the world’s seen.”
Looking ahead, he said: “If he beats Vettel now and keeps that up, I think he could easily break my dad’s record. With a couple of more drivers coming through, I can see Lewis in the same bracket as Michael, the greatest.”